Matthew,

Welcome to the forum <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/hello.gif" alt="" /> The tone of your argument sounds familiar though – were you previously here (or maybe elsewhere) under a different name?

While I would agree “in general” with what you stated, it is not the correct answer to the original question, which said:

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While the ritual ordinances of Torah do not apply to Gentile believers (as clearly set forth by the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15), today's Messianic Jews still hold the position that Jewish people, including or especially believers in Jesus, are required to keep the ordinance of Passover as set forth in the Torah as a means of obedience to God faithfulness to God's calling and purpose for Israel. … Do these passages mean that Jews, especially the faithful remnant that believes in Messiah Jesus, must still keep the Passover and Sabbath for the sake of obedience to God?
The phrases “are required to” and “must still keep” implies disobedience if not kept. They imply “unrighteous” if not kept. They both imply “sin” if not kept. As I have already pointed out, born-again Jews biblically “are not required” to keep such. Ethnically they may chose to (but this is another matter – even a Gentile may practice the Passover, et. al), but biblically, as a believer they do not need to.

Additionally, while part of Galatians does refer to Gentiles not having to keep the law to be justified, the same applies to Jews, as Paul states, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28) and “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation “ (Gal. 6:15). Galatians was written to the church – Jew and Gentile alike. While teaching the Galatians he was also teaching the Jews. Besides, we, the church (Jew and Gentile), are “the Israel of God,” as Paul says in Gal. 6:16. And while Jesus did not come to destroy the law, He did come to fulfill it (Matt. 5:17), and Christ our High Priest (Heb. 7:26f) fulfilled all the ceremonial laws (Heb. 9-10)! Besides the laws were only a shadow of the realties that were to come (Heb. 10:1).

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Reformed and Always Reforming,