Grace AND The Law (Bible/Letter Study)
From Letters From God and His Christ
The Entire Human Race Was on Death Row, But Capital Punishment is Annulled in YahuShua HaMashiach (Jesus The Christ):
“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” – Galatians 3:22
“For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all.” – James 2:10
“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law: for sin is the transgression of the Law.” – 1 John 3:4
“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
"Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out." – Deuteronomy 27:26
“But those who depend on the Law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, "Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God's Book of the Law." – Galatians 3:10
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” – Galatians 3:13
“By Him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses.” – Acts 13:39
Do We Then Nullify The Law Through Faith?:
“May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law.” – Romans 3:31
“I am the fulfillment of The Law, the very goal at which the Torah aims. Thus all those who embrace Me are freed from the curse of The Law, but by no means are they now free to forsake The Law. Rather, let The Law be written in your heart, for now you are under grace. And by the power of My own Spirit are you now able to keep The Law.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – “Blessed Are Those Who Overcome for My Name’s Sake”)
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith YAHUWAH, I will put my Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be My people.” – Jeremiah 31:33
“For I have indeed freed you from the curse of The Law, yet I have not freed you from obedience to The Law. Rather I have given you the means, by My own Spirit, to keep The Law.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – “Many Are Called, Yet Few Are Chosen”)
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.” – 1 John 5:2-3
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” – 1 Corinthians 7:19
“Through Him and for His name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.” – Romans 1:5
“He that saith, “I know him”, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in Him.” – 1 John 2:4
“He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” – Romans 8:4
“For I delight in the Law of God, in my inner being,” –Romans 7:22
“What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? God forbid. No, I had not known sin, but by the Law.” – Romans 7:7
"Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the Law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven." - Matthew 5:17-19
“You are free from the curse of The Law, for you are indeed saved by grace and now live because of Me. Behold, even by My own spirit shall you keep The Law. And though you are now free from the curse of The Law, which is death, you are by no means free to break The Law.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – "Refinement and The Day of The Lord”)
“And they will keep that which they had forsaken; yes, they shall honor The Law of The Father, which they had forsaken in My name. Yes, in that day they shall come to testify of Me as I really am!” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 7 – “I Am Calling You Out! (Part 2)... Come Out of the Churches of Men and I Will Receive You! Says The Lord”)
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring--those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” – Revelation 12:17
“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12
“If then, by the Law, we were once condemned by transgression of the Law, and now we are saved from the penalty of transgression of the Law (sin), which is death, having been freed from the Law and condemnation, has then the Law (Ten Commandments) passed away?...No! God forbid. Rather, only the laws found in ordinances have passed away, having been nailed to the cross with The Messiah, as the apostle, Paul, taught us. The Law of the Ten Commandments has become established because of the freedom we now have from the Law by Messiah, who is also our Helper, giving us the strength and enabling us to keep the Law by the power of His Spirit. In our salvation and love has the Law now been written on our hearts, because of faith in God, who gave us the Law, and in our love for Him who fulfills the Law, YahuShua, being the same One who taught us the Law anew with greater meaning and understanding, opening our eyes to God’s wisdom and love.”
- (Letters from God and His Christ – “Love, Forgiveness and the Law (The Ten Commandments)”)
Concerning God’s Holy Days:
“YAHUWAH (THE LORD) spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the YAHUWAH, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the Sabbath of YAHUWAH in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of YAHUWAH, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the YAHUWAH’s Passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of Unleavened Bread unto YAHUWAH: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread… Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before YAHUWAH, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days (Pentecost); and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto YAHUWAH… In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of Trumpets, an holy convocation… Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YAHUWAH… Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days unto YAHUWAH.” – Leviticus 23:1-6,10-11,15-16,24,27,34
“They are to keep My laws and my decrees for all my appointed feasts, and they are to keep My Sabbaths holy.” – Ezekiel 44:24
"Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe My Sabbaths. This will be a sign between Me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am YAHUWAH, Who makes you holy.’” – Exodus 31:13
“Keep the Passover, remember all My Sabbaths...”
“...know you not that in these Seven (The Holy Days) is wisdom and understanding, the very mind of God?!...”
“...For the Holy Days are a blessing, and a foretaste of things to come; A sign between Me and you, that you may know I am The Lord who sanctifies you...” - (Letters from God And His Christ, Volume 4 – “Keep The Passover”)
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 11:1
“I must by all means keep this Feast that comes in Jerusalem: but I will return again to you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.” – Acts 18:21
“For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7
“We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread (which include Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Firstfruits), and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.” – Acts 20:6
“Therefore let us keep the Feast (of Unleavened Bread), not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” – 1 Corinthians 5:8
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the Firstfruits of them that slept… But every man in his own order: Christ the Firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming.” – 1 Corinthians 15:20,23
“When The Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” – Acts 2:1
“For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hurried, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem The Day of Pentecost.” – Acts 20:16
“I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.” – 1 Corinthians 16:8
“For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith YAHUWAH, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another (Feast of Trumpets), and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith YAHUWAH.” – Isaiah 66:22-23
“And when much time was spent, and the voyage was now dangerous, because The Fast (Day of Atonement) was now already gone by, Paul admonished them.” – Acts 27:9
“It shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, YAHUWAH of hosts, and to keep The Feast of Tabernacles.” – Zechariah 14:16
“Forsake all these holidays of men, which I hate; Embrace The Holy Days and gain wisdom, And remember the Sabbath Day, yes, the seventh day, to keep it holy... Obey all The Commandments of God, for they are holy, just and good.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – “Refinement and The Day of The Lord”)
The Fourth Commandment Stands! We Are to REMEMBER the Sabbath, to Keep It Holy:
“Timothy, concerning the Sabbath, the seventh day of each week, Saturday is the day you shall remember and keep holy; yes, you shall keep it holy and rest. You shall do no work on this day, neither shall your wife or children, nor any guest in your house, save that which is needful for your household. You may also do those things which are good and fruitful in My eyes, according to that which I command you...”
“...Thus those who remember the Sabbath honor Me,
And those who rest on the Sabbath rest in Me,
As they look to the Day...
For I had set the seventh day apart,
And sanctified it, from the beginning...
Thus it has been a sign between Me and My people,
Even to this day, and so shall it remain forever...”
“...Therefore remember the Sabbath, and I shall remember you. Bless the Sabbath, and I shall bless you. Love one another, even as I have loved you. Put away your works, look not to the cares of this world, and let go of your worries on the Sabbath day. Spare yourselves the weight of all these troubles, put down the burdens of this world, and be set apart for just one day. Let all your thoughts dwell upon your God and Savior, and consider; yea, let your mind be filled with wonder and awe over the works of My hands. For even The Lord your God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, rested on the seventh day.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 2 – “Remember The Sabbath and Your God, and He Shall Remember You”)
“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” – Genesis 2:2-3
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” “The seventh day is a Sabbath to YAHUWAH your God.” - Exodus 20:8,10 (The Fourth Commandment)
For in six days The Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore The Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. - Exodus 20:11
Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. - Exodus 31:16
Thus says the Lord: "Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil." Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the Lord Speak, saying, "The Lord has utterly separated me from His people"; Nor let the eunuch say, "Here I am, a dry tree." For thus says the Lord: "To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off. "Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants-- Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant-- Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. - Isaiah 56:1-7
"If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the Lord honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, Then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken." - Isaiah 58:13-14
“Beloved, keep The Commandments of The Father, as He had written them in stone by His own finger; in number, ten. Keep them all, remember them all, and do them all according to how they are written, and not as man has rewritten them, and it shall be credited to you as righteousness.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – “Many Are Called, Yet Few Are Chosen”)
“He said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:27-28
“So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." – Matthew 12:12
“It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the Law to fail.” – Luke 16:17
“The women also (Jesus disciples), which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” – Luke 23:55-56
“On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down.” – Acts 13:14
“On the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.” – Acts 16:13
“He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.” – Acts 18:4
“Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to YAHUWAH, speak, saying, YAHUWAH hath utterly separated me from His people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith YAHUWAH unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to YAHUWAH, to serve Him, and to love the Name of YAHUWAH, to be His servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant; Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.” – Isaiah 56:2-6
“You shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am YAHUWAH your God.” – Leviticus 24:22
“One law shall be to him that is home born, and to the stranger that sojournes among you.” – Exodus 12:49
“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of YAHUWAH, honourable; and shalt honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in YAHUWAH; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of YAHUWAH hath spoken it.” – Isaiah 58:13-14
“SUNDAY IS NOT THE SABBATH! SATURDAY YOU SHALL KEEP, FOR I DO NOT CHANGE! Neither have I commanded any other day, neither has the thought entered My mind!” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – “The Dust Has Been Shaken Off the Feet of God’s Messengers as a Testament Against You, O Churches of Men”)
[*For a more extensive study on the Sabbath: CLICK HERE-> http://graceheadentries.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/is-saturday-the-sabbath-should-we-still-keep-it-according-to-commandment-4/ "Overwhelming Evidence That Indeed Saturday is the Sabbath, the 7th Day of the Week Which Should Be Remembered and Kept Holy... Plus 25+ Bible Verses, Confessions from Clergyman and MORE!"]
- Also see: "God Speaks About The Sabbath" - Answers Only God Can Give -> https://sites.google.com/site/letteranswers/home/god-speaks-about-the-sabbath
God, Through His Prophets, Has ALWAYS Spoken Against Forsaking His Law, as He is Doing Again Today:
“Beloved, delight in what The Father has given you! Stop desecrating His Sabbaths! Keep what The Father has commanded you, for The Law stands forever; even as all contained therein stands also!... Behold, even from Sabbath to Sabbath, in the Kingdom, shall the nations come up to Jerusalem and worship Me.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 3 – “Many Are Called, Yet Few Are Chosen”)
“YAHUWAH saith, Because they have forsaken My Law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after baalim (false “lords”) which their fathers taught them…” – Jeremiah 9:13-15
“To the Law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” – Isaiah 8:20
“I have written to him the great things of My Law, but they were counted as a strange thing.” – Hosea 8:12
“Her priests have violated My Law, and have profaned Mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.” – Ezekiel 22:26
“No man in authority, whether a self-appointed apostle, prophet, teacher, pastor, preacher, minister or priest as they are called among men, who also forsake My Moral Law in the name of My Son to make Him the author of sin, whereby they dwell gladly in lawlessness, shall escape the Day of The Lord. For the saints of The Most High are those who keep My Commandments and remember My Sabbaths, and carry The Messiah within them... Even unto pure testimony in His name, in love.” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 7 – “Thus Says The Lord to the Churches of Men, and to All Their Self-Appointed Apostles, Prophets and Teachers”)
“Thus saith YAHUWAH; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the Law of YAHUWAH, and have not kept His commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked.” – Amos 2:4
“Then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.” – Matthew 7:23
“Because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.” – Matthew 24:12
“He (the antichrist) shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” – Daniel 7:25
“Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.” – Malachi 4:4
“Behold, even these among the churches of men have endeavored to make The Holy One of Israel in their own image, molding Him by deceitful hands, to their own hurt!... A molded idol, a graven image, which they have given a name to hide their guilt, DESECRATION! Even the very name for which they are called, LAWLESSNESS! For they excuse sin in the name of The Holy One, and forsake My Commandments and My every decree in the name of The Messiah, The Righteous One! They are a polluted people, rejected, until the time be changed! And according to that which their own hearts reveal shall I deal with them, for they testify against themselves! Says The Lord... For they have not known Me, neither do I see of Myself in them! Yes, by their hearts and by their doings they do always testify against themselves. For in their hearts, they say, "Look upon us, see how we have become righteous in our own eyes." Even by all they say and do, they declare, "We have forsaken The Law of The Father, in the name of The Son; yes, HE has made it possible for us to do so. And by His permission do we forsake His every statute, and ignore His every decree, that we may pollute the name of The Living God without ceasing."” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 7 – “The Last Trumpet before The Time”)
Let Us Hear the CONCLUSION of the Whole Matter:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13
2/15/08 From YahuShua HaMashiach, He Who Is Called Jesus The Christ, Our Lord and Savior - The Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy, For a Brother in Christ, and For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear
Thus says The Lord: Say no more, “Grace versus The Law”... Say rather, “Grace AND The Law”. For Grace is the fulfillment of The Law; and where there is an absence of Grace, there is lawlessness. Therefore, keeping The Law is a reflection of My own spirit in you. For anyone who says, “I am in The Lord, and He is in Me”, while forsaking The Law, is a liar, and will be found as such in the Day of Reckoning. For I AM WHO I AM, the same and unchanging; nor do I stand divided against Myself. Yet My children do continually use My name and that gift given them as a sword by which they attempt to justify their sins, which I hate... Desecration!
Thus until the Day be fulfilled,
Let those who do wickedly continue therein,
And let those who seek righteousness walk therein,
Until the harvest is complete...
But oh how blessed are those who have received of Grace,
And seek to please The Father by obeying His Law,
And teach men so...
Grace AND The Law.
~ (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 7 – “You Shall Not Use Grace as a Sword, By Which You Attempt to Slay The Moral Law”)
Therefore, hear and understand: Salvation can in no wise depart from you, once received. Therefore, seek to please The Father AND keep The Law. For how can one, who walks in Me by grace, also walk in that which had condemned them? Shall My people reach toward Heaven with their hands, while their feet continue to tread the wide path which leads to destruction? And how shall one who loves Me take My hand and walk beside Me, with one foot on the good ground and the other in the grave?
Therefore, knowledge must increase and sin decrease, to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. For one who is under grace bears fruit of the same, and The One who kept The Law of The Father revealed that grace by works. Beloved sons, I am in The Father and He is in Me, and We are in you. And if I am in you, seek to please The Father in the same way I did. For if you seek to follow Me in truth, bearing your cross after Me, fearing not its weight but rather embracing it, you will surely become that example for which you are called.
So then, grace is first and everlasting...
Then comes works, the first works done in faith,
Even the first fruits bore in your lives...
Which is to love The Father and one another,
By keeping The Law...
Says The Lord.
*VERSES OFTEN STUMBLED OVER:
1) “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of two one new man, so making peace.” – Ephesians 2:15
*The covenant between Israel and YAHUWAH was comprised of outward signs/ordinances that have been done away with in and through the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord YahuShua HaMashiach.
Examples of these outward signs/ordinances include:
*Circumcision: “This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.” – Genesis 17:10-11
This was the Old Covenant. The New Covenant is no longer of the flesh but of the heart and spirit.
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” – Jeremiah 31:33
“Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.” – 1 Corinthians 7:19
*Animal Sacrifices: “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.” – Exodus 12:21
The Old Covenant required animals to be sacrificed as a representation of the atonement of sin that had come and would come through YahuShua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ).
“For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7
“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.”” – Hebrews 10:4-5
*Purification Rituals: “He that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days.” – Leviticus 14:8
“For the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw near to God.” – Hebrews 7:19
2) “Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, 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. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.” – Galatians 4:8-11
This verse is often falsely believed to be a rebuke from Paul to the Galatians for their observance of God’s Holy Days. However, the truth of this Scripture teaches the opposite. We read that they were going back into bondage by doing service unto false “gods” through observing the holidays of the heathen, which were not God ordained.
“Thus saith YAHUWAH, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain…” – Jeremiah 10:2-3
“He said unto them, full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” - Mark 7:9
3) “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 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. 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.” – Colossians 2:13-17
It is taught by religious scholars and commentators that the Apostle Paul is here speaking of God’s weekly Sabbath and Holy Days as “ordinances that were against us, which were contrary to us…” These scholars and commentators have greatly erred.
The weekly Sabbath day, according to our Lord YahuShua HaMashiach, is far from being “against us”. Rather, the opposite is true.
“Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” – Mark 2:27
Our Lord said this because He Himself was being “judged in respect of the Sabbath” by the religious leaders of His day. He was being judged by them according to their own traditions, and not according to the commandment, which He kept perfectly.
“Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"” – Luke 6:2
Likewise, the Apostle Paul exhorted the brethren at Colossae: “Let no man therefore judge you”. We know that the Apostles kept the Feasts of YAHUWAH. Even the Apostle Paul Himself told the gentiles of Corinth to “keep the Feast” (1 Cor 5:8). Certainly when the Corinthians “kept the feast” they did not sacrifice a Passover lamb according to the “handwriting of ordinances”. Neither did they “offer an offering made by fire unto YAHUWAH” during the Feast of Tabernacles, as was commanded of the Israelites in the Law of Moses. For these ordinances were “nailed to the cross”. Remember, “The body is of Messiah.”
“Again, I say to you, celebrate Passover, yet not as in the days of Moses. For even I, your Lord and Savior, kept this Sabbath before My death. Yet by My death and resurrection did I become The New Passover, The Lamb which was sacrificed for all. Therefore celebrate Passover as a remembrance, a time of gratitude and great joy, in honor of the new union we share. For in days past, you were separated from Me because of sin, yet now we are together once again... Beloved, I am The Passover! And all who believe in Me shall not perish, but have everlasting life! Keep this Sabbath therefore, as commanded by The Father; yet of the Passover, as it was written in the days of Moses, do it not. Nor keep this Sabbath in the ways of the Jews, upon whom the veil remains, [for they have yet to look upon Me]. Rather, remember Me and embrace My Covenant, as you walk in the footsteps of My passion, and receive greater knowledge... For the Passover was a sign post, a shadow of glorious things to come! Read the writing thereof and have understanding; take its meaning to heart! For the Holy Days are revelation, the Plan of the Ages revealed!” - (Letters from God and His Christ, Volume 2 - I Am The Passover and The Lamb, The New Covenant with Men”)
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