Did Christ Keep the Sabbath? 2012_02

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Hi D____,

Thank you for your question.
I know where you are coming from. I started taking the Ambassador College Correspondence Course in 1963. Two years later, after high school, I attended Ambassador College and graduated in 1969. I kept all of the holy days, never ate ‘unclean meats’, tithed first, second and third tithes and did not work on the sabbath for over ten years. So I know the doctrine of your church very well.
This whole subject of the law of Moses is dealt with in great detail in the paper entitled The Law of Moses Versus The Law of The Spirit.
It is true that Christ was “made of a woman, made under the law”.

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

He submitted Himself to his parents “ until” His ministry began at 30 years of age. Christ’s ministry was the time of a very great “reformation”, with many “Ye have heard that it hath been said… but I say unto you…” statements coming from our Lord.

Luk 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them [ His parents and the law under which they lived]: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Heb 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

From that time forward He was not under the law, the “schoolmaster… for the lawless and disobedient”, and while it is true that the apostles did keep circumcision and the law of Moses in the book of Acts, that is only true for this one reason:

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Gal 4 is just some of the “many things” which the apostles could not bear for many years after Christ’s death and resurrection, and which many to this very day “cannot bear”. That entire book of Galatians is dealing with those who were trying to convince the Gentile Galatians that they had to keep the law of Moses with its sabbath, holy days, and new moons (months), in order to be saved.
Here is how the previous chapter begins:

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Gal 3:2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

What is Paul telling us? He is telling us that “the law is not of faith”.

Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 3:4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
Gal 3:5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
Gal 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Gal 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Gal 3:9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

“The law is not of faith…” and if you are “of the works of the law you are under the curse” of the law, which was never intended for a righteous man. The law is specifically designed for the lawless and disobedient.

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Are we supposed to be righteous?

Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

I am painfully aware of all the arguments of the WWCG, the mother of COGAIA, which are designed to keep you under the law for the lawless. That is why I wrote a very in- depth paper on this subject entitled The Law of Moses Versus The Law of The Spirit. You will find this paper in the Essential Reading Section of the upper left corner of the iswasandwillbe. com home page. Here is the URL for that article: http:// iswasandwillbe. com/ freefromlaw. php
I cannot rewrite that paper in this e- mail, but I will tell you that all the years I was in the WCG, I believed that Gal 4:10 referred only to pagan holidays.

Gal 4:9 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?
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

“The weak and beggarly elements” are the “days, moons, and seasons” which are observed according to “the traditions of men” in every culture – Jewish, Christian and Pagan. In reality the Galatians had already left their pagan days behind after being taught about Christ, but they were being seduced into keeping the Mosaic days by the Judaizers who still believed the laws of Moses, with all their days and moons, were to be kept.
I believed it because that was what I was taught by men I highly respected. But believing that to be true is to totally ignore the rest of that entire book and the rest of this fourth chapter. Do these verses, here in this same fourth chapter of Galatians, sound like Paul is dealing with people who want to go back to observing Pagan holidays?

Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Gal 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.
Gal 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?

The Galatians had no interest in Pagan holidays. They “desired to be under the law”.
“The law is for the lawless…” It is not for any who are in Christ and His righteousness which is “not by the works of the law”.

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

We are under a law for certain, but the law we are under is vastly superior to the law of Moses, which is for the lawless and disobedient.
Look at the preceding chapter of Galatians and be honest with yourself and with the Word of God. Does this sound like Paul is afraid that these Galatian Gentiles are slipping back into Paganism, and are desiring to keep Pagan “days, months, times, and years”.

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
Gal 3:20 Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Gal 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Gal 3:22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

It takes the most spiritually blind person, such as I was for over ten years, to think that the tenth verse of the next chapter has anything to do with these Galatians wanting to go back to keeping their Pagan holidays, months, times or years. They were succumbing to the Judaizers who to this very day want you and I to be “under the law… for the lawless”, and remain children which are no more than under the schoolmaster, who we must go beyond.

Gal 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. br /> Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Gal 4:8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God [ while an infant, under the schoolmaster, the law], ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods [ the law].

The Truth of the scriptures is that “not only had He [ Christ] broken the sabbath, but he claimed that God was His Father…” and He tells us Himself that, like the priests of the tribe of Levi, he had ‘profaned the sabbath and was guiltless’.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
Mat 12:5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
Mat 12:6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

I am very aware that the argument is that there was nothing unlawful about Christ eating the grain in the field on the sabbath because He and His disciples did not have the time to “prepare twice as much on the sixth day”, according to the law. If that were the case why didn’t Christ just say so instead of confessing to “profaning the sabbath” and still maintaining that He and His disciples, who were not Aaronic priests, were nevertheless “blameless and guiltless”?
These are all verses which your COGAIA ministers cannot see simply because Christ’s Words have no place in them”. Bring any of these verses up to them at your own peril.

Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Christ is speaking to “those Jews which believed in Him” (vs 30-31). Why could they not hear His word?

Joh 8:30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

The law with all of its “days, months, times and years”, its clean and unclean meats, its laws against mixing fabrics, etc., etc, is “not for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient”, “is not of faith”, and is for babes who are no different from a slave (Gal 4:1).
Look at this verse, and then ask your minister why you are not observing the moons?

Gal 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

I asked that question many times at Friday night Bible studies, and I never got an answer.
Read that in- depth paper on the law, and if you still have questions, then feel free to get back to me.

Your brother in Christ’s faith, and in His Word,

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