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1 Corinthians 5:8

by Don Costello  
8/09/2008 / Bible Studies

1 Corinthians 5:8

Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

1. "Therefore let us keep the feast"
a. keep the feast[1858 * heortazo] [Zodhiates: To
keep a festival, celebrate a holiday.]

d. I do not believe Paul is telling the Corinthians to literally keep the Feast of Passover, but to celebrate our Passover in Christ by living unleavened lives. The rest of the verse I believe confirms that.

e. I do believe though, that in the Millennial reign of Christ, many of the Feasts will be reinstituted, but for now in the New Covenant they are done away. Can a Messianic Christian or any Christian celebrate them now, during this dispensation? of course, but only on a volunteer basis.

1). Romans 14:1-6 "Him that is weak in the
faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another who is weak, eateth herbs.
Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth
not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
One man esteemeth one day above another:
another esteemeth every day alike.
Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
he that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks."

2). Colossians 2:16 "Let no man therefore judge
you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:"

2. "not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

a. Here the leaven is clearly metaphorical therefore the keeping of the feast is also. If that is true, is it wrong to celebrate Jewish feasts? Certainly not, my family and I have gone to Dayton Ohio more than a few times and celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with Messianic Jewish Christians. It is not wrong as long I know I am not adding to what Jesus did and I know it is purely voluntary for me and everyone else.

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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