Jesus Caused the Old Church to Pass into a Higher State of Existence

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Jesus Christ did not come to destroy the old Church, and to build a new one on its ruins; but rather He caused the old Church to pass into a higher state of existence. He said, — "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil."

He was born and lived on earth within the bounds of the Jewish Church, with its scriptures, laws, sacrifices, and rites; and in his own person gave to them a fuller meaning, and a new power to save and to heal the souls of men. In his person, and through his grace, the old types passed into new and living realities. Thus the Christian Church grew out of the old religion, as the leaves and flowers' of a plant grow out of the stem. The Christian Church lay in the womb of the Jewish Church, and was its offspring.

The prophecies, types, and figures of the Old Testament find their fulfilment in Christ himself, and the Christian Church.

The revelation of the Old Testament is completed in that of the New Testament.

The old sacrifices are fulfilled in the sacrifice of the Lamb of God on Calvary, and its continual application in the Holy Eucharist.

The moral law in the ten commandments is perfected, and raised to a higher meaning by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount, and made binding upon Christian people.

The priesthood is summed up and perfected in Christ, the great high priest, and continued in the Christian ministry; the hereditary descent of the sons of Aaron finding its counterpart in the spiritual descent of the apostolic succession.

The royal priesthood of the Jewish nation finds its expression in the lay priesthood of the Christian Church.

The sacrament of Holy Baptism takes the place of the rite of Circumcision, and the Holy Eucharist of the Jewish Passover.

THE FASTS AND FESTIVALS OF THE JEWISH CHURCH MAKE WAY FOR THOSE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, WHILE THE JEWISH SABBATH PASSES INTO THE CHRISTIAN SUNDAY.

THE APOSTLES’ CHURCHES DID NOT KEEP THE SABBATH:
Christians will be arguing about what the Bible says about the Sabbath and many other issues until the day of Jesus Christ. However, there are some clear, objective issues I can settle for you, and one of them is whether the churches the apostles started kept the Sabbath. The answer is NO, they did not keep the Sabbath. Despite the fact that several whole books have been written arguing that they did, it is very clear they did not. No one who actually researches the era from the apostles to the Nicene Creed could possibly come away wondering whether those churches kept the Sabbath. They would know that they didn't.

Here is a quote from Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Magnesians. Ignatius is not a nobody. Ignatius was the overseer of the church in Antioch. Antioch was Paul's home church, and Ignatius was appointed to that position by the apostle John. It's hard to carry much more authority than that without actually being one of the original apostles yourself. No early Christian after him disagrees with him on the Sabbath. Here are more quotes: the Sabbath quotes page

It's very frustrating that books written by Sabbath-keepers have been so willingly dishonest, or the quotes on that page would be decisive for everyone. As it is, with those books clouding the issue, you could be left with doubts even after seeing the absolute consistency of so many quotes over several centuries.
 
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