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1 Corinthians 5:7-8 reads:

"Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth."

We know that the early Christians observed the Passover, as well as all of the other feasts and holy days that God had previously ordained.  But here is Paul instructing the Christians of Corinth to actually celebrate with new dough, making sure that the old dough has been cleaned out. Meaning that we need to act as if we are new people, but still to celebrate Jesus as our Passover Lamb.

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  • Christ our Passover means that Christ has now become our Passover lamb, and by his blood all sin can be purged.(Eph.1:7; Heb. 9:22; Rev. 1:5)  Therefore let us keep the feast, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Paul means that the Passover being past, we are now living in the days of the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, amen. A distinction is made here between the world sinners and church sinners, amen.

    • Christ has now become our Passover, and the only command by Christ in celebrating him was the taking of communion whereby all was accomplished, amen.

  • Amen Brother Derek.  So far as I can tell the Lord has never rescinded His commandment to keep the Feasts of the Lord.  We see Christ keeping the Passover seder with His disciples in Luke 22 and promising to do it again at some future point in time (Luke 22).  And here in 1 Cor 5 Paul actually says the words - "Let us keep the Feast..."   And let's not forget that Paul, the Apostle to the gentiles, openly stated before Festus that he had not failed to follow the Law "...Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all." (Acts 25:8). 

    I believe that Paul's reference to new dough is an important reference to the sin of the Pharisees (Matt 16:6-12) who added unbearable burden to the commandments of God (Mat 23:4)  and raised themselves in pride instead of humbling themselves in Faith (Matt 23:1-39).  Paul points to this elsewhere (Rom 3:27; 1 Cor 8:1). 

    There is a common misconception among modern evangelicals who warn against "Pharisaicalism".  By this term they generally mean that you shouldn't tell anyone to keep the commandments of God (the Law) but this is misguided.  Christ never once chided the Pharisees for keeping the Law.  He redressed them for NOT keeping His Law (Mat 15:9). 

    Blessings to the Brethren in Christ.


    • Not the law written in stone for no man could abide in it.

      "THE NEW LAWS"

      (Mat. 22:37-39) Jesus said unto him, thou shalt LOVE the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind. 38 This is the FIRST and great commandment. 39 And the SECOND [is] like unto it, thou shalt LOVE thy neighbor AS thyself. 40 ON these TWO commandments hang ALL the LAW and the PROPHETS.

      (Luk 10:27); 27 And he answering said, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. (Rom 13:9) 9 FOR THIS, thou shalt NOT commit adultery, thou shalt NOT kill, thou shalt NOT steal, thou shalt NOT bear false witness, thou shalt NOT covet; and if [there be] ANY other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF.

      • ON these TWO commandments hang ALL the LAW and the PROPHETS.

    • The purpose of God's ordained feasts was as a reminder for what God had done for His people, it was no coincidence therefore that Jesus' sacrifice happened at Passover, a new Passover Lamb.  I believe this gave even more significance to Passover as a reminder of the incredible thing that God had done for us, even more reason to celebrate Passover, the blood of the Lamb through which we are redeemed from our sin.

      • The only ceremony given by Christ to us is to remember what he did for us on the cross; that is by his death where all was accomplished, amen. Jesus stated "Do this in remembrance of me" the taking of communion. There are no celebrations to honor Jesus by with biblical authorization that I know of, amen.   As for the Sabbath: 

        The Sabbath was given to ISRAEL as the 'SIGN' of an everlasting COVENANT between GOD and HIS people in REMEMBRANCE that it was God who SANCTIFIED them (Exodus 31:13-16), and because they should REMEMBER God's work in bringing them OUT of the BONDAGE of EGYPT (Deuteronomy 5:13-15)(old Jewish ceremonial law). NUMBER TWO: it was instituted as a DAY of REST from their labors (Exodus 31:17), commemorating GOD'S rest from HIS. It was to be observed on the SEVENTH day (Saturday), and was to be a HOLY DAY wherein their WORK would CEASE.

        There is NO new testament SABBATH any more than there is a new testament PASSOVER feast (both old Jewish ceremonials). The PASSOVER FEAST continues in the OBSERVANCE of the LORD'S SUPPER, and likewise the SABBATH continues in the LORD'S DAY (Sunday). (all the OLD Jewish CEREMONIALS were CANCELLED with Christs death on the cross) We were given a NEW covenant and our REST is found IN Christ at ALL times, therefore EVERY day is our Sabbath CONTINUALLY, amen.

      • Amen to that.

  • I am not 100 percent certain of the answer to this question but Paul seems to be suggesting that it is ok but in a new light.  Another celebration: The Jewish holiday of "Purim" has passed a few days ago and it is a joyful celebration of release and I as an Evangelical see no harm in it.  It is not good to celebrate our own personal Purims?  We  overcome captivities in our lives. Not only this, we are all descendants of Esther, as she lived about 2500 years ago.

    With the above stated I have to say we should not get carried away with elaborations and celebrations.  I subscribe to a belief that simplicity is more beautiful.   

    • Indeed Steve, Passover is the real celebration of what Jesus did for us, not Easter, the celebration of fertility.  Like all of the feasts that God ordained, it is about reminding ourselves about what God has done for us.

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