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Should Christians be observing Sabbath, or any other High Holy Day or Festival given to the Jews in the Old Covenant?

After all, there are Scriptures like Exodus 12:24 which state:

“Obey these instructions as a LASTING ordinance for you and your descendants”

If God does not change, then New Covenant Christians should be able to find the answer in the New Covenant  as to whether or not Born Again Believers are to be observing any  Old Covenant Laws, Holy Days, the Sabbath, or the 10 Commandments.

This is what this Post will do.

I have put together every single New Testament Scripture I could find which teaches the New Covenant Born Again Believer about the position or authority of the Old Covenant now that there is a New Covenant in place, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

The New Covenant Scriptures will walk us through the following:

1 — What Happened To The Law At The Cross Of Christ
2 — Since The Law Is Fulfilled In Christ, Paul Says We Are Therefore Free From the Law (and therefore the 10 Commandments)
3 — Is The Law Therefore Bad?
4 — If Paul States That The Law Is Actually Holy or Good, Is It Therefore Beneficial For   Believers To Still Observe Some Or All Of The Law In Order To Make Sure We Are Living Holy Lives For God?
5 — What Then, Was The Purpose Of The Law?
6 — What Are The Actual Commandments For The New Covenant Believer?
7 — Conclusion (As Explained In Galatians)

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# 1 — What Happened To The Law At The Cross Of Christ?


Christ Abolished The Law

Ephesians 2:14-15 — For He Himself is our peace, Who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by ABOLISHING  in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations {NIV}

Ephesians 2:14-15 – having ABOLISHED in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances {NKJV}

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Christ Is The End Of The Law

Romans 10:4 — Christ is the END OF THE LAW  so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes {NIV}

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The Law Is Wiped Out

Colossians 2:14 — He forgave us all our sins, having CANCELED  the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He TOOK IT AWAY, nailing it to the cross {NIV}

Colossians 2:14 — having WIPED out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has TAKEN IT OUT OF THE WAY, having nailed it to the cross {NKJV}

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Jesus Christ Fulfilled the Law and Gave us His Righteousness

Romans 8:3 — He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be FULLY MET  IN US, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit {NIV}

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The Old Covenant is Removed and Set Aside by Christ

Hebrews 10:9 — Then He said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He SETS ASIDE the first to establish the second {NIV}

Hebrews 10:9 — He TAKES AWAY  the first that He may establish the second {NKJV}

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The Law Was Set Aside and Annulled

Hebrews 7:18 — The former regulation is SET ASIDE because it was weak and useless, for the law made nothing perfect, and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God {NIV}

Hebrews 7:18 — there is an ANNULLING of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, for the law made nothing perfect {NKJV}

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The New Covenant is Better than the Old Covenant

Hebrews 7:22 — Because of the oath of (Melchizedek) Jesus has become the guarantee of a BETTER COVENANT {NIV}

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The New Covenant is Better and More Superior to the Old Covenant, and has Replaced the Old Covenant and Made the Old Covenant Obsolete

Hebrews 8:6 — But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which He is mediator is SUPERIOR TO THE OLD one, and it is FOUNDED on BETTER PROMISES.   For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another … By calling this covenant “new”, He has made the first one OBSOLETE; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear {NIV & NKJV}

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# 2 — Since The Law Is Fulfilled In Christ And Done Away With,  Paul Says We Are Therefore Free From The Law

Galatians 2:19 — I DIED TO THE LAW  So that I might live for God {NIV}

Galatians 3:23 — Now that faith has come, we are NO LONGER UNDER  the supervision of the law {NIV}
Galatians 4:9 — But now that you know God — or rather are known by God — how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? DO YOU WISH TO BE ENSLAVED BY THEM ALL OVER AGAIN? {NIV}

Galatians 5:18 – But if you are led by the Spirit, you are NOT UNDER THE LAW {NIV & NKJV}

Romans 6:6-18 — For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — because anyone who has died has been freed from sin … For sin shall not be your master, because you are NOT UNDER THE LAW, but under grace
{NIV}

Romans 6:6-18 – Sin will not rule over you, because you are NOT UNDER LAW {HCSB}

Romans 7:4 – So, my brothers, you also DIED TO THE LAW through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to Him Who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God {NIV}

Romans 7:4 – Therefore, my brethren, you also have become DEAD TO THE LAW {NKJV}

Romans 7:6 – But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been RELEASED FROM THE LAW so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code {NIV}

Romans 7:6 – But now we HAVE BEEN DELIVERED from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter {NKJV}

Romans 8:4-9 – And so He condemned sin in sinful man (by sending Him to the cross) in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be FULLY MET IN US, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit {NIV}

1 Timothy 1:8-9 – We also know that the LAW IS MADE NOT FOR THE RIGHTEOUS but the lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious {NIV}  … Remember:  WE ARE “the  righteous”  in Christ Jesus, therefore the Law is NOT for us any longer!

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# 3 — Is the Law Therefore Bad?

Romans 7:5, 7-8 — For when we were controlled by the sinful nature, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in our bodies … What shall we say, then? IS THE LAW SIN? CERTAINLY NOT! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead … So then, THE LAW IS HOLY, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful {NIV}


Romans 7:14-18 — We know that the LAW IS SPIRITUAL; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin … And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in my sinful nature {NIV}


Romans 8:4-9 — For what the law was  POWERLESS  to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering {NIV}


NOTE: The above  Scriptures teach that the Law is good and holy, however, it is weak and powerless to accomplish its righteous goal in sinful flesh.

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# 4 — If Paul States That The Law Is Actually Holy Or Good, Is It Therefore Beneficial For Believers To Still
OBSERVE  SOME   OR  ALL  Of The Law (or the 10 Commandments) In Order To Make Sure We Are Living Holy Lives For God?

Galatians 3:10 — All who rely on observing the law are UNDER A CURSE, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” {NIV}


Galatians 4:9 — But now that you know God — or rather are known by God — how is it that you are TURNING BACK TO THOSE WEAK AND MISERABLE principles? Do you wish to be ENSLAVED  by them all over again? {NIV}


Galatians 2:21 — … for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ   DIED FOR NOTHING! {NIV}


Colossians 2:16-19 — Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come;   THE REALITY, HOWEVER, IS FOUND IN CHRIST.   Do not let anyone who delights in false humility …  DISQUALIFY YOU  for the prize.   Such a person … has  LOST CONNECTION WITH THE HEAD,  from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow … Such regulations indeed  HAVE AN APPEARANCE OF WISDOM,  with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in (actually) restraining sensual indulgence {NIV}


Romans 4:15 — because LAW BRINGS WRATH {NIV}


Galatians 4:21, 30-31 — Tell me  YOU WHO WANT TO BE UNDER THE LAW,  are you not aware of what the law says? … “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” {NIV}


Galatians 5:1-4 — It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us free …  DO NOT  LET YOURSELVES   be burdened again by a  YOKE OF SLAVERY  … if you let yourselves be circumcised    (or let yourself be compelled to observe the Sabbath or refrain from pork, etc) CHRIST WILL BE OF NO VALUE TO YOU AT ALL  … You who are trying to be justified by law have been ALIENATED FROM CHRIST;   you have FALLEN AWAY FROM GRACE. {NIV}


Special Note regarding Colossians 2:16-19:

The Laws and Holy Days which God stated were to be remembered or “kept” forever { ie:  in Exodus 12:24, Exodus 31:17, Deut. 28:46, Leviticus 24:1-9, and the Ten Commandments as seen in Exodus 20}  ARE FULLY met and KEPT in Christ Jesus, for Jesus IS our Sabbath, Jesus IS our Jubilee, Jesus IS our Passover, etc.

Therefore, we ARE observing and keeping all the Law forever, through the Spirit, when we are Born-Again INTO Christ Jesus (Hebrews 4:9-10).

He IS the fulfillment of the entire Law, and that entire Law is now FULLY met in us (Romans 8:3) because we are IN Christ Jesus and the Holy Days, and other Laws, are NOT to be kept in the flesh.

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#5 — What Then, Was The Purpose Of The Law?


Galatians 3:23 — Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the  LAW WAS PUT IN CHARGE TO LEAD US TO CHRIST   that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER THE SUPERVISION of the law {NIV}


Galatians 3:23 — Therefore the  LAW WAS OUR TUTOR  to bring us to Christ … But after faith has come, WE ARE NO LONGER UNDER A TUTOR {NKJV}


Romans 3:20 — Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, THROUGH THE LAW WE BECOME CONSCIOUS OF SIN {NIV}


Romans 7:7-13 — What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I  WOULD NOT HAVE KNOW WHAT SIN WAS EXCEPT THROUGH THE LAW.   For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet” But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead … But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful {NIV}


Note:  The Law, therefore, was to teach us what sin actually is, to show us our sinfulness, and to lead us to Christ — or show us our need of a Savior.


Colossians 2:16-19 — Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a SHADOW OF THE THINGS THAT WERE TO COME;  the reality, however, is found in Christ {NIV}


Note:   This Scripture shows us that the Law’s Festivals and Holy Days which were a commandment to keep, were just a foretelling/foreshadowing of the true “Sabbath”,  true “Day of Atonement”, true “Pentecost”, true “Passover” or even true “Jubiliee” — all of which are met/kept/found in Christ.

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# 6 — What Are The Actual Commandments For The New Covenant Believer?


John 13:34 — A NEW command I give you:  LOVE one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another {NIV}


1 John 3:23 — This is My commandment, that you  LOVE  one another as I have loved you {NKJV}


John 15:17 — And this is His command: to  BELIEVE  in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to  LOVE  one another as He commanded us {NIV}


Galatians 5:14 — The entire law is summed up in a single command: “LOVE your neighbor as yourself.” {NIV}

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Conclusion
{as explained in Galatians}

– The Apostle Paul was astonished by the Galatians who were turning from grace and freedom, back to the Law (Galatians 1:6)

– Paul was persecuted by the Jews for preaching freedom from the Law (Galatians 1:10)

– Those who traveled with Paul were not compelled to obey any parts of the Law or its rules or regulations (Galatians 2:3)

– Paul continued to preach to Jewish Believers that all are now free from the rules of the Law (Galatians 2:5)

– Paul opposed Peter “to his face” because Peter was intimidated by Jewish Believers to be separate from Gentiles and keep Jewish law and traditions (Galatians 2:11-14) which Paul says is “contrary” and “not in line with the Truth of the Gospel” (Galatians 2:14)

– Paul goes on to say that Gentiles should not be compelled to follow Jewish customs / the Law (Galatians 2:14-16)

– Paul states if any righteousness could be attained through observing any part of the Law, then Christ died in vain (Galatians 2:21)

– Paul calls obeying any part of the Law as departing from Christ (Galatians 3:1-3)

– Paul says “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13)

– Paul calls the Law “weak and miserable principles” which will enslave us if we turn back to following them (Galatians 4:11)

– Paul teaches that returning to the Law after being born again, means enslaving yourself to the entire Old Law and Covenant (Galatians 4:8-11, 21-30)

– Paul then states that it was for Freedom that Christ set us free, and that we should not go back to observing or feeling compelled to observe the Law any longer (Galatians 5:1-4)

– Again, Paul reminds us that he was persecuted for preaching freedom from the Law (Galatians 5:11) and says that whoever preaches that Believers should be observing any part of the Law is actually throwing Believers into confusion (Galatians 5:7-10), that this teaching isn’t from Christ, and that teaching that we still need to observe any part of the Law is actually “keeping” us from the Truth (Galatians 5:8)
Paul concludes his letter to the Galatian Gentile church with the statement that:

Circumcision or un-circumcision doesn’t mean a thing.

Therefore, keeping a Sabbath or not keeping a Sabbath does not mean a thing  or  eating pork or not eating pork does not mean a thing.
All that matters is “a new creation” (Galatians 6:15) and walking in or living by “the Spirit”:

Galatians 5:16-25 — So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature …. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law … the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. {NIV}

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“Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule”
{Galatians 6:16}
Amen.

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NOTE:  Dr. Michael Brown has a Ph.D in Semitic languages – which
of course include Hebrew and Aramaic – the original languages of
Jesus and His people. He is a recognized authority on this topic.

JESUS, YESHUA or YAHSHUA??
-by Dr. Michael L. Brown.

I am continually amazed by how many people write to our ministry
and ask us questions like this one, which came in last week: “Some
Christians say we have to use the Hebrew name, Yashua.  They
say calling on the name of Jesus is calling on Zeus. That Jesus is
a disguise name for Satan. What answers do you have for this?
Where can we prove the name of Jesus is correct to use in its
English translation and pronunciation?”

As bizarre as these questions are, the fact that they keep coming
up means that they need to be addressed, so here are some simple
responses (for more details, see What Do Jewish People Think
About Jesus, question #38).

The original Hebrew-Aramaic name of Jesus is yeshu‘a, which is
short for yehoshu‘a (Joshua), just as Mike is short for Michael.
The name yeshu‘a occurs 27 times in the Hebrew Scriptures,
primarily referring to the high priest after the Babylonian exile,
called both yehoshu‘a (see, e.g., Zechariah 3:3) and, more
frequently, yeshu‘a (see, e.g., Ezra 3:2). So, Yeshua’s name was
not unusual; in fact, as many as five different men had that name
in the Old Testament. And this is how that name came to be “Jesus”
in English: Simply stated, this is the etymological history of the
name Jesus: Hebrew/Aramaic yeshu‘a became Greek Iesous,
then Latin Iesus, passing into German and then, ultimately, into
English, as Jesus.

Why then do some people refer to Jesus as Yahshua? There is
absolutely no support for this pronunciation—none at all—and I
say this as someone holding a Ph.D. in Semitic languages. My
educated guess is that some zealous but linguistically ignorant
people thought that Yahweh’s name must have been a more overt
part of our Savior’s name, hence YAHshua rather than Yeshua—
but again, there is no support of any kind for this theory.

The Hebrew Bible has yeshu‘a; when the Septuagint authors
rendered this name in Greek, they rendered it as “iesous” (I­­esous,
with no hint of yah at the beginning of the name); and the same
can be said of the Peshitta translators when they rendered Yeshua’s
name into Syriac (part of the Aramaic language family). All this is
consistent and clear: The original form of the name Jesus is yeshu‘a,
and there is no such name as yahshu‘a (or, yahushua or the like).

What about the alleged connection between the name Jesus
(Greek I­­esous) and Zeus? This is one of the most ridiculous claims
that has ever been made, but it has received more circulation in
recent years (the Internet is an amazing tool of misinformation),
and there are some believers who feel that it is not only preferable
to use the original Hebrew/Aramaic name, Yeshua, but that it is
wrong to use the name Jesus. Because of this, we will briefly
examine this claim and expose the fallacies that underlie it.

According to the late A. B. Traina in his Holy Name Bible, “The
name of the Son, Yahshua, has been substituted by Jesus, Iesus,
and Ea-Zeus (Healing Zeus).”

In this one short sentence, two complete myths are stated as fact:
First, there is no such name as Yahshua (as we have just explained),
and second, there is no connection of any kind between the Greek
name
I­­esous (or the English name Jesus) and the name Zeus.
Absolutely none! You might as well argue that Tiger Woods is the
name of a tiger-infested jungle in India as try to connect the name
Jesus to the pagan god Zeus. It is that absurd, and it is based on
serious linguistic ignorance.

Here is another, equally absurd statement:

“… according to the ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA, the name
Ieusus (Jesus) is a combination of 2 mythical deities, IEU and SUS
(ZEUS, a Greek god).” – (www.wwyd.org).

The response to this statement (which has as much support as the
latest Elvis sightings) is quite simple: We know where the name
I­­esous came from: the Jewish Septuagint! In other words, this
was not some later, pagan corruption of the Savior’s name; rather,
it was the natural Greek way of rendering the Hebrew/Aramaic
name Yeshua at least two centuries before His birth, and it is the
form of the name found in more than 5,000 Greek manuscripts of
the New Testament. This is saying something! The name I­­esous
is also found in Greek writings outside the New Testament and
dating to that same general time frame.

Although it is claimed that the Encyclopedia Britannica says that
“the name Ieusus (Jesus) is a combination of 2 mythical deities,
IEU and SUS (ZEUS, a Greek god)” it actually says no such thing.
This is a complete fabrication, intentional or not. In short, as one
Jewish believer once stated, “Jesus is as much related to Zeus as
Moses is to mice.”

Unfortunately, some popular teachers continue to espouse the
Jesus-Zeus connection, and many believers follow the pseudo-
scholarship in these fringe, “new revelation” teachings. Not only
are these teachings and practices filled with error, but they do not
profit in the least. So, to every English-speaking believer I say: Do
not be ashamed to use the name JESUS! That is the proper way
to say his name in English—just as Michael is the correct English
way to say the Hebrew name mi-kha-el and Moses is the correct
English way to say the Hebrew name mo-sheh. Pray in Jesus’
name, worship in Jesus’ name, and witness in Jesus’ name. And
for those who want to relate to our Messiah’s Jewishness, then
refer to him by His original name Yeshua—not Yahshua and not
Yahushua—remembering that the power of the name is not in its
pronunciation but in the person to whom it refers, our Lord and
Redeemer and King.

SOURCE-
askdrbrown.org/ask-dr-brown/35-ask-dr-brown/79-what-is-the-original-
hebrew-name-for-jesus-and-is-it-true-that-the-name-jesus-greek-isssous-is-
really-a-pagan-corruption-of-the-name-zeus


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